Devotees throng in thousands at the Purani Tangla Habigaon Sarvahanik Durga Devalaya in Tangla, Assam, during puja

Tangla, Assam: Since its inception over 500 years ago, the historical Purani Tangla Habigaon Sarvahanik Durga Devalaya, located on the outskirts of Tangla town in Udalguri district, has been following the age-old rituals even today.

Thousands of devotees and visitors throng the temple premises every year during Durga Puja to offer animals to the goddess. “The temple has been visited by devotees from far-flung places like Dhekiajuli, Bajali, and Guwahati,” said the president of Purani Tangla Habigaon Sarvajanik Durga Utsav Committee, Santi Ram Rabha. Animals are offered to the deity by devotees for the fulfillment of their wishes, he added.

Many of the devotees also believe in releasing goats and pigeons as a mark of devotion, said Rabha. As per popular belief, prayers and offerings for the fulfillment of wishes never go unanswered in the historic Devalaya whose origin can be traced back to that of Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati.

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